This is a dog trainer’s best kept secret. Well, the dog is out of the crate now!
Is your dog high energy? What about over excitable with no impulse control? Anxious, shy, aggressive or out of control? Bored or destructive?
This will help you improve jumping, nipping, stealing food, pulling on a leash, counter surfing, zooming around, stealing food or other objects like shoes, separation anxiety, even aggression and reactivity. It will also calm your dog down.
This is as close to a “quick fix” you’ll ever find!
Just be honest with yourself. How much exercise and mental stimulation is your pup actually getting? Are you struggling to keep up?
Let’s fix that immediately to restore peace at home.
Making sure you’re meeting exercise needs (in a way that works with your life) can be as simple as trying these easy ideas!
Keep a log book of how many minutes of exercise, cardio, training, or socializing with a friendly dogs, and even trips out. Then, rate your dogs behavior after every session. It will get better!
Find out just how much exercise you need to provide enough every.single.day.
The Toys That Exercise Your Dog’s Mind and Body – With No Effort From you
Best toy ever. You want one of these. Burn off energy with practically no effort from you. Best reward for training!
Kruuse Buster Food Cube Feeder
Check Amazon.com for this one. Put treats or dry dog food in toys. This is one of the best and super durable. I’ve had mine for at least 8 years and it’s still in great shape! Use this to feed meals to prevent eating too fast!
Kong Extreme – Your New Best Friend, as easy as a trip to Petco or Petco.com
Start by putting some peanut butter around the room and freeze. Do this until your dog loves this toy! Then check out my blog post.his Kong toy is big chewer approved. Check out my post for some fun and creative ways to fill this toy for tons of entertainment. Easy ideas include a swipe of peanut butter or cream cheese but can include just about anything that is dog safe. These keep my Tank busy for a looong time!
Another Amazon buy. This can keep your dog entertained and on his toes for hours. Set the timer to open the door every 15, 30, or 90 minutes. Dings when the food is available. You’ll love watching your dog chase this!
- Have your dog search for food! Hide small bowls around your house each containing some of your dog’s dry food or dump it in the grass to search harder!
- Play Find it! Here’s a few games to get started by checking out this link at my blog. Easy and entertaining! If you need help teaching your dog to stay, sign up for a 101 individual lesson or a group class to learn more!
- Use your dog’s meal time for short training sessions with dry food as the reward.
- Take enrichment walks by hiding food along your path – and do some training at the same time.
- Teach your dog to heel politely with you so you walks can be a mental workout and fun!
Home made toys can be another fun option! Check out some of these great ideas from BarkPost. Home made toys tend to be less durable but are fun and inexpensive to make. Picured at left is an easy to make treat dispenser from a few pieces of PVC found at a local hardware. Get out your drill and voila!
P.S. Join the “Canine Enrichment” group on Facebook.
One last tip for busy families:
Consider hiring a pet sitter to exercise and play with your dog during the day.